YKK Fundamental Behavior 3 – Protect the environment
What is the environment? Is it the earth? Is it your home? Is it the water you drink? Is it the air you breathe? It’s all of these and more. The effects of not protecting the environment can be devastating. Water is necessary for life and by polluting our water sources, it is safe to assume that there will be less safe drinking water (there are an estimated 1.2 million deaths per year attributed to the consumption of water from unclean sources). Air pollution is another big issue, evidenced by a recent UN study which suggested that it is the primary cause of 300,000-700,000 deaths each year.
Since we depend on our environment as much as it depends on us, let’s work together towards a sustainable future! Simple actions that we all can take will go a long way in the conservation of our natural resources. I encourage you to turn as many of these suggestions into habits as you can and to spread the message to others who will listen, particularly to those of younger generations. If raised to hold the protection of the environment as a fundamental value, these future business leaders are likely to implement the following simple actions in their homes, workplaces, and communities to make a marked global impact.
Planting trees – Here is one small behavior that I have undertaken in my own life to protect the environment. It is always a pleasure (well…almost always; sometimes it’s very hot in June in Alabama!) to participate in World Environment Day by planting trees at work.
Conserving water – There are numerous ways to save water around the house. You can start by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving and not using your toilet as a trash can as every flush uses around 5 gallons [~19 L] of water. Further, make sure to check your pipes for leaks on a regular basis.
Limiting automobile use / Properly inflating tires – Traveling 20 miles [~32 km] each day using public transportation rather than by motor vehicle can reduce emissions by up to 4800 pounds [~2177 kg] each year. If you do not have easy access to public transportation, you can still save on fuel and limit tire waste by making sure your tires are properly inflated.
Reducing energy usage – The easiest way to accomplish this is by turning off lights when not in use. Consider timers or motion detectors for lighting where applicable. There are also programmable thermostats to conserve energy when everyone is away from home.
Since we currently only have one planet to live on, it’s vital that proper actions to help preserve the environment are taken on a routine basis by all individuals and organizations. There is a lot of easily accessible information on this topic. Therefore, I encourage you to learn and share as much of it as possible. Protecting our natural world will ensure a sustainable and healthy future for us all.
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